Mahler, Gustav

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Mahler, Gustav



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Autograph letter signed, two pages (both sides - on a letter card), 5 x 3 inch, `Der Director des k. k. Hof-Operntheaters` blind-embossed letterhead, Vienna, (circa 1904), in German, to a bandmaster or director in Prague - concerning the preparation for the upcoming performance of Gustav Mahler`s Symphony No. 3, written and signed in black ink "Mahler", attractivelly mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph, shows Gustav Mahler in a chest-up portrait (altogether 8,25 x 11,75 inch), with a small tear (repaired with a transparent adhesive strip), scattered mild traces of a former mounting (first page), and a mild stain (second page) - in nearly fine condition. In parts: "... An Blech* habe ich bereits geschrieben, und einige Wünsche geäußert. - Nachträglich fällt mir noch ein, daß die für den 5. Satz erforderlichen Glocken bei Ihnen kaum vorhanden sein dürften. Wenn Sie wünschen, so stelle ich Ihnen die unsrigen zur Verfügung und bitte in diesem Falle um telegrafische Benachrichtigung. - Ferner möchte ich, wenn irgend möglich, mit Frl. Fellwock* einmal ihren sehr schwierigen Gesangspart durchgehen, da erfahrungsgemäß gerade diese Nummer den größten Aufenthalt bei den Orchesterproben verursacht. - Könnten Sie es nicht ermöglichen, ... daß Frl. Fellwock für einen Nachmittag oder Abend nach Wien kommt, damit ich das Solo mit ihr studiren könnte? Dieß wäre sehr wichtig! ..." Translated: "... I already wrote to Blech, and mentioned desires. Later I remembered that you probably do not have the bells needed for sentence No. 5. If you want, ours can be provided. In this case please send a notification by telegraph. - If at all possible, I would also like to go through the very dificult song parts with Miss Fellwock, as experience has shown that especially this part causes the longest stay at orchestra rehearsals. - Could you faciliate, ... that Miss arrives to Vienna for an afternoon or evening so that I could practise the solo with her? This would be particularly important!..." * Conductor Leo Blech and Alto Ottilie Fellwock had been engaged at the German Landestheater in Prague from 1899 to 1906 (Blech) and from 1902 to 1906 (Fellwock). In the mentioned performance Fellwock had to sing a text of Nietsche`s `Zarathustra` (in sentence No. 4). Sentence No. 5 requires the use of the mentioned bells.

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SKU 6019210
Profession Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation
Geburtsjahr 1860
Sterbejahr 1911
Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm) 5 x 4 (altogether 8,25 x 11,75)
Condition fine
Type of Autograph letters